Daniel Murphy is a prime time major league player best known for his hitting prowess, but his blatantly open anti-LGBTQ stance has been tough for Cubs fans to swallow.
For those of you new to this whole baseball thingy: here’s a recap as to why the Cubs would sign someone who is an antagonist to an entire demographic.
Daniel Murphy was a no-brainer for the lovable
losers winners by which I mean the Chicago Cubs.
Before acquiring Murphy from the Washington Nationals a week and a half ago, my beloved Cubs had been going on one of their worst stretches of the season. The whole roster from top to bottom is laden with injuries (including superstar Kris Bryant!), fan beloved Anthony Rizzo was in a slump, normally electric Javier Baez is making rookie base running mistakes, inconsistent starting pitching (to put it politely) has been an Achilles heel for the Cubs all season long, and the Cubs bats had gone cold.
With the playoffs looming, every win and loss counts in the final stretch which means that the Cubs front office did what they do best and has acquired blockbuster talent (as the Cubs can afford to do now that Wrigleyville is basically a Cubs style Disney World resort).
Among the most notable additions to the roster was Daniel Murphy: a big time player who is a hitting machine with an uncanny ability to hit home runs at Wrigley Field, but now instead of playing against the Cubs, he can now add runs for the Cubs.
When it comes to on-the-field play, the acquisition has worked wonders. As of this writing, the Cubs have only lost once since signing him and their offense had gotten second wind to the point where they have overcome inconsistent pitching.
All of which bodes well for a potential fourth consecutive playoff trip.
All in all the trade looks fan freaking tastic… but off the field is a different story, and to understand why, take a gander at this wonderful quote per Deadspin writer Kevin Draper circa 2015 when Murphy’s controversial views first came to light:
New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy says that he would be accepting of a gay teammate, but that he “disagree[s] with the lifestyle, 100 percent,” throwing the authenticity of his claimed acceptance into question.
The reason as to why Murphy wanted to share his “unique” perspective was because the New York Mets hosted Billy Bean who is the second former Major League Baseball player to publicly come out as gay once retired.
The Mets hosted Bean because they wanted him to share his experience and perspective.
Once again, per Deadspin who sourced NJ News Media:
“I disagree with his lifestyle,” Murphy said. “I do disagree with the fact that Billy is a homosexual. That doesn’t mean I can’t still invest in him and get to know him. I don’t think the fact that someone is a homosexual should completely shut the door on investing in them in a relational aspect. Getting to know him. That, I would say, you can still accept them but I do disagree with the lifestyle, 100 percent.”
“Maybe, as a Christian, that we haven’t been as articulate enough in describing what our actual stance is on homosexuality,” he said. “We love the people. We disagree the lifestyle. That’s the way I would describe it for me. It’s the same way that there are aspects of my life that I’m trying to surrender to Christ in my own life. There’s a great deal of many things, like my pride. I just think that as a believer trying to articulate it in a way that says just because I disagree with the lifestyle doesn’t mean I’m just never going to speak to Billy Bean every time he walks through the door. That’s not love. That’s not love at all.”
Unfortunately, he only gave PR non answers when asked about his past comments by Cubs beat reporters. Per Hannah Withiam of the New York Post:
The second baseman would not say directly if he had changed his opinion of Bean’s sexual orientation in three years, but he did say he and Bean are on good terms.
“What I would say to that is that I’ve been able to foster a really positive relationship with Billy Bean since that time,” Murphy told Chicago reporters after the Cubs’ 7-1 win over the Reds. “I’m really excited to continue to cultivate that relationship that we’ve built.
There have been hot takes from LGBTQ people and allies but I can only speak for myself as to why Murphy’s past statements are so problematic.
People think being LGBTQ is a lifestyle I.e something you can choose akin to going vegan or daily masturbation, but nothing could be further from the truth.
No one chooses to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, and/or transgender. It’s an immutable part of our identities.
Believing that being LGBTQ is a lifestyle isn’t only a major sign of disrespect but also harmful to LGBTQ people questioning their sexual and/or gender identities who society would lead them to believe that being gay or trans is something you can choose to not be.
Which, for the record, is bullshit and dangerous to boot because misinformation is deadly to a community that is already very susceptible to violence and suicide.
Yet now I have to cheer for an athlete who now advocates homophobic christo-fascist language of “love the sinner, hate the sin” which is problematic when that supposed “sin” is a fundamental part of my identity.
And for what? Because a book written over 2000 years ago had a few sentences to justify the religious right’s modern day bigotry? So they believe that their homophobia should be represented in all areas of society despite how harmful it is?
Now that’s a hateful lifestyle I disagree with.